Sharp Aquos Zero uses an in-house developed curved OLED with a huge notch

Sharp’s latest smartphone was unveiled in Japan today. It’s the Aquos Zero, which features the company’s first OLED panel designed and manufactured in-house.

It’s a curved 6.2-inch 1440×2992 screen with support for the DCI-P3 color space and Dolby Vision, and as you can see it comes with a huge notch. Not just that, but the parts of the top bezel that are to the left and right of it are pretty substantial too, at least by the usual notched smartphone standards.

Oh, and there’s also a chin. Anyway, enough about that. Thanks to its magnesium frame and aramid fiber back it weighs just 146g, and Sharp is clearly proud of this achievement, boasting about how this is one of the lightest flagships around. By the way, for reference, note that Kevlar is a type of aramid fiber although Sharp doesn’t mention that brand anywhere in its marketing materials so we’re assuming it didn’t pay DuPont the associated licensing fees.

The Aquos Zero is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset (what else?), paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS storage. Its battery has 3,130 mAh capacity and the phone runs Android 9 Pie. Its dimensions are 154 x 73 x 8.8 mm.

The single rear camera has 22.6 MP resolution and f/1.9 aperture, while the selfie cam is an 8 MP unit. The Aquos Zero is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. A fingerprint scanner is on the back of the handset, and it also has a face unlock system. Stereo speakers are in too, with Dolby Atmos technology.

The Sharp Aquos Zero will be available in Japan by the end of the year. There’s no telling if it will be offered elsewhere at any point – but since the company now has a presence in Europe, maybe we’ll see it there in the future.

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Niagara Gear Adds In-House Machining Capabilities

Image result for Niagara Gear Adds In-House Machining CapabilitiesBuffalo, NY – Niagara Gear, a division of Gear Motions, Inc., recently completed the installation of its first machining cell. The in-house machining capabilities were added to reduce lead-time and provide more flexibility and control to meet customer delivery requirements. The machining cell consists of two turning centers, a vertical machining center, and marking capabilities. Products will be produced for the Niagara Gear division, as well as other divisions of Gear Motions.

Paul Andruszko, Vice President of Buffalo Operations, said “having this new capability has allowed us to control lead times for gear blanks” on new or existing projects with extremely tight delivery schedules. It was this capacity that allowed Niagara Gear to help a new customer in the flexographic printing industry by providing complete hardened and precision ground gears with a lead time of less than three weeks. Andruszko said, “Before we made the investment, outsourcing the turning would have resulted in a lead time closer to 7-8 weeks, unless other customer commitments were pushed out”. With our new in-house capabilities, we were able to meet the extremely tight delivery required to help make the project successful.

This new investment further demonstrates Gear Motions’ commitment to exceeding their customers’ precision gear manufacturing technology needs from start to finish.

About Gear Motions:
Gear Motions, Inc. is an employee-owned company, with gear-manufacturing facilities in Syracuse and Buffalo, NY. Specialists in precision ground gears, the company manufactures cut or precision ground gears for customers around the world, along with precision cut spur, helical, bevel and worm gears, and multiple types of belt sprockets, timing pulleys and splines. For more information, visit http://www.gearmotions.

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Did In-House Testing Fail to Detect Samsung Note 7 Battery Problems?

Did In-House Battery Testing by Samsung Fail to Detect Note 7 Problems?

Samsung (KRX:005930) tested the batteries for the exploding Galaxy Note 7 in a self-owned lab.

It is the only manufacturer of smartphones allowed to test their phone batteries in-house, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The rest of phone makers must analyze their phone batteries at one of the 28 labs certified by the Cellular Telephone Industries Association (CTIA), a trade group representing the wireless communication industry.

Phone batteries must go through an experimentation and assessment process in order to comply with standards established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Samsung officially stopped production of its newest device, the Galaxy Note 7, last week due to reports of the phones exploding, igniting and melting. This came roughly a month after it decided to recall and halt shipments of the product.

Is The Atypical In-House Battery Testing by Samsung to Blame?

The battery is the source of these potentially dangerous malfunctions. A representative for Samsung said that no problems were detected while at the internal testing labs, according to the WSJ.

“We are working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7,” Samsung said in an official statement last week. “Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while the investigation is taking place.”

But there have been reports of other Samsung products breaking down and becoming harmful.

Marie Terrio’s Samsung S6 Active mobile phone was “crackling and sizzling” in her front left pocket and burned severe gashes into her thigh and shin, according to an exclusive story for The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).

Terrio went to the hospital and was treated for second and third degree burns that resulted from the combusting cellular device.

“My leg looked black and the pain was unbelievable,” Terrio told TheDCNF.

A California man is suing Samsung for intense burns allegedly caused by his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Batteries are the identified cause in the majority of examples of overheating or exploding mobile devices.

Samsung testing its own batteries seems like it could potentially be a conflict of interest, in which a manufacturer may be more likely to green-light a battery for reasons of profit motive.

John Copeland, a former employee of Motorola who now works at a battery test lab in Atlanta, said that cellphone developers would use their own labs because it would help maintain secrecy over the products and the features.

Manufacturers are “very concerned about their proprietary information leaking out,” Copeland told the WSJ.

Copeland believes that the audits were thorough enough to ensure an absence of conflicts of interest.

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Amazon launches in-house clothing line with seven new fashion brands

amazonfashionAmazon now has its own clothing line.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire File Photo)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire File Photo)

The Seattle tech giant quietly rolled out more than 1,800 fashion products made by the company under seven trademarked brand names, reported Quartz.

WWD noted that Amazon is selling a variety of clothing for men, women, and children. The seven Amazon fashion labels are: Franklin & Freeman, Franklin Tailored, James & Erin, North Eleven, Society New York, Lark & Ro, and Scout + Ro.

This is the first time Amazon is selling fashion products made by the company itself. Amazon has dipped its toes in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, but it hasn’t always led to success. In 2012, Amazon shut down Endless.com, a five-year-old high-end online fashion site that sold handbags, shoes, jewelry and other accessories, although it still operates other standalone sites today, such as MyHabit.com.

Amazon also sponsored the New York Men’s Fashion Week last year. In addition, the company is hiring for its fashion team. Business Insider spotted a “fashion technology” job posting with this description:

“When you think of buying new clothing, shoes, watches and jewelry, do you think of Amazon? Not yet? Well, we are going to change that.”

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